A career in radiotherapy?

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The radiotherapy department at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough is holding its annual careers open day on Sunday 19 November 2017.

The event has been hugely successful over the last 10 years with many local students becoming successful staff members in the radiotherapy department.

Expert advice will be available regarding roles involved in the treatment of cancer using radiotherapy and how to train in this specialist area.

Those interested in a career in radiotherapy – including school leavers, college graduates, mature students and careers teachers – are welcome to call into the department, which is located near to the north entrance at James Cook between 11am and 1pm.

Career opportunities in radiotherapy include:

  • Therapy radiographers – who plan and deliver safe and efficient radiotherapy treatment whilst providing excellent patient care
  • Medical physicists – who look at the physics of treatment such as developing technology/techniques and planning complex treatment for cancer patients
  • Medical technologists – who are responsible for maintaining and servicing complex medical equipment used to diagnose or treat patients

The event includes information stands on each career and the opportunity to speak to staff from Sheffield Hallam University about the therapy radiographer’s course.

There will also be staff and students from James Cook on hand to chat about training and the job role, as well as the opportunity to have a tour of the department concluding with a demonstration of the virtual environment of a radiotherapy treatment room (VERT).

Senior lecturer Melanie Clarkson said:  “We started these events over 10 years ago to increase the general public’s awareness of the roles involved in radiotherapy and to develop a local workforce for the radiotherapy department here at James Cook.

“We have numerous team members who found out about the career at this event and have now completed their training and are working in the department. This is a huge achievement and one we want to continue.

“Nationally there is a need for more therapy radiographers so it is important we grow our own here in our community so we have a local workforce.

“As services expand we also need the support of our medical physics and medical technology colleagues which is why we cover the three roles at the event.

“A lot of people are unaware of the different jobs that exist in this field, and this event is designed to give an insight into the professions and signpost people to the courses which are available.

“As well as the traditional degree programmes there is also pre-registration Master’s degree for those with a previous degree. We encourage anyone interested to come along and find out more.”

The radiotherapy and oncology department delivers an integrated service to a population of approximately one million, extending through Teesside and parts of County Durham and North Yorkshire.

For further information contact Melanie Clarkson at m.clarkson@shu.ac.uk